Alexis’ Health & Beauty Journey #7: Smooth and Effortless

Capers-Alexis_AFTERBy Alexis Capers – Alexis Capers is our Enhanced Beauty Salon and Enhanced Beauty Area manager. Join her every other Wednesday for a blog about her journey into natural health & beauty products.

I think we take for granted sometimes the simple things in life. I spoke last time about finding peace and enjoying moments. As I was reflecting the other day, I realized that my transition into natural products versus everyday consumer goods has been so smooth and effortless. I am amazed at how many things I have actually converted to. Not only for myself, but my spouse, my children, extended family, and friends!  Some may think I’m loony. It’s ok with me. I know I’m directing them toward a healthier way of life.

My mother-in-law broke it down for me on her last visit.

She told me I never looked better since I started using natural products!

My hair, my skin, and my energy!  Now that’s saying something!  So I encourage you all to try, even a little, to make the effort to transition to a kinder, more natural product. If I, the Glam Diva Extraordinaire can do it, you can too!

Start with simple things like Griffin or Aubrey shampoos and conditioners. They smell great, work great, and give you better results over time than standard salon products. They are reasonably priced too!  You will feel the difference and once you fall in love, you can add styling products to the natural mix.

Next, step into some amazing skin care!  Right now, we are offering the best deal in the industry! When you purchase the MyChelle products you need every day to take care of your skin, we are rewarding you with a free facial!  That’s right, I said FREE. When you invest $50 in your skin products, you get a FREE 30-minute facial. Invest over $75 in MyChelle products and get a full-hour facial, also FREE!  This is an unbeatable way to jumpstart the use of natural skin care products to effectively target any concerns you have and get your skin on the right path. We have a full line of science-meets-nature products customized to any skin type, with facials to match. No guesswork needed. Perfect for summer too!

So come fall in love with yourself all over again like I have, naturally!

Products to help you fall in love this week…Griffin Remedy Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner for color-treated hair (my personal pick!) and Aubrey Rosa-Mosqueta Shampoo and Conditioner, a color-safe formula to bring all hair types back to life!

Next, take a simple approach to skincare with a few MyChelle basics.

CLEANSE- Honeydew Cleanser is gentle but effective. For more exfoliation, try Fruit Enzyme Cleanser.

FRESHEN- with the Fruit Enzyme mist. The 2.1 oz size is perfect to take with you and refresh all day!

BOOST- Apply a serum of choice, my faves are Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum for day, Vitamin A Serum for night.

MOISTURIZE- start with Fabulous Eye Cream and NEW Advanced Argan Oil plus Supreme Polypeptide Cream (all three at a fantastic low price all summer long!).   PROTECT- your efforts!  Daily Defense Cream will deliver the perfect moisture and SPF for each day.

Couple these steps with the free facial and enjoy the skin your in!

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Alexis’s Journey into the World of Natural Health & Beauty–Entry #5

Capers-Alexis_AFTERBy Alexis Capers – Alexis Capers is our Enhanced Beauty Salon and Enhanced Beauty Area manager. Join her every other Wednesday for a blog about her journey into natural health & beauty products.

With summer around the corner, many people are looking for a little change. Want a change but not ready for the full commitment? Try henna (henna application services available at our salon) instead! Check out these tips from our stylists on henna and how it benefits your hair:

1) It is safer than chemically coloring your hair and more gentle.

Pure henna is safe and gentle for your natural hair.  As you may know, chemical dyes can have an array of negative consequences; but, with henna dye, there are no such risks.

2) Your hair will be stronger and thicker.

Another one of the great benefits of henna for natural hair is that the color molecule in henna is absorbed into your hair shaft where it binds with keratin (the protein your hair is made of). It can also fill in any weak spots in your hair. The result? Stronger, thicker hair.

3) It adds shine and bounce.

One of the benefits of henna for natural hair you will love is that you will often notice that your hair is shinier after you have used henna in it. Many people also experience an added bounce to their hair.

4) It may loosen your curls.

Now, this is one of the benefits that may not apply to everyone. However, if you have really tight curls and you want to loosen them up, without chemicals, henna may be the solution for you. Over a period of time and several treatments, you may see a loosening of your curls, so you don’t have to worry about a drastic curl change that you can’t reverse.

5) It’s easy to apply.

One of the most appealing of the benefits of henna for natural hair is that it doesn’t require an expert to apply it. Henna dye has been used by many people for decades without the need for professional help. At the Enhanced Beauty Salon here at Natur-Tyme, we can give you instructions on how to apply it or you can see a stylist and have them apply it for you.

Products that I’m falling for: To keep those unruly locks tame, reach for these; I love them! Alaffia Curl Rejuvenating Tonic, and Curl Defining Gel will put a soft spring in your curl.  Aubrey Sea Buckthorn Leave-in Conditioner & Curl Activator is a great two-in-one product for control and definition. I never leave the house without Giovanni Frizz Be Gone!  Curly or straight, it keeps me looking polished! And John Masters Dry Hair Nourishment and Defrizzer is superb for treating dull, dry hair!

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Alexis’s Journey into the World of Natural Health & Beauty–Entry #2

By Alexis Capers — Alexis Capers is our Enhanced Beauty Salon and Enhanced Beauty Area manager. Join her every other Wednesday for a blog about her journey into natural health & beauty products.

I think I see it; it’s on the horizon! Spring!!! Everywhere we see the snow melting away and soon the flowers will start poking out.  When this season hits, I get in the mood for change—a rebirth of myself, my spirit, my everything! Forget diets in January as a New Year’s Resolution; spring is where it’s at! Like most people, I get stuck in a rut from time to time. As a woman, we are constantly rebuilding ourselves. After puberty, once we have given birth to children, even an illness can put us in a place where we must find ourselves again. I have had close personal brushes with all of these, forever calling on the strength deep inside me to get back to normal (whatever that is!). So I realized that first you must make a mess to transform to something beautiful.

I decided to start with my hair. We get attached to our style and moreover, our stylist. And for me, seeing is believing.

This concept of Organic Color, the color that we use at the Enhanced Beauty Salon, sounded great to me.  But, I really did not think it would look as good as what I have had done in the past at a traditional salon.  Well to my pleasant surprise–it looks amazing!  Emily performed highlights and low lights to blend my natural growth (which is Medium Brown) with my highly bleached-out blonde. My color is beautifully blended and natural. It feels soft and best of all; the color is not harmful to me like those I am used to exposing myself to. A great cut rounded out my service.  I have bloomed and am ready for the season!

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Since my transformation, I have had many compliments.  I tell everyone “It’s Organic Color!” I am a believer and I invite you to become a believer too.  It’s time.  Let the winter doldrums melt away.  Try something new for yourself that is also kind to yourself. All of our stylists are wonderful, so you can book an appointment with confidence! Call 315-671-5199 or email us at salon@natur-tyme.com.

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All great looks need home-care products to keep you looking your best!  Products I’m falling for this week: Griffin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner (a great fragrance and clean product), Suncoat Natural Styling Mousse, Frizz Be Gone styling serum by Giovanni (miracle in a bottle) and Feed Your Hold Hairspray by Yarok.  Get your style on!

 

Taking Care of Your Hair when you’re Running Late

By Yu-Lee, Izyk, Licensed Cosmetologist

For a little extra body and bounce to your hair, spray in John Master Organics Sea Mist before you blow dry. If you are running late and don’t have time to wash and style, spray the sea mist in dry hair and notice any extra oils disappear with the natural sea salt and experience an uplifting aroma with essence of lavender.

For a little perk-up on those days that you press the snooze button a few too many times, you can try the New Aubrey Organics NuStyle line. One of my favorite products is the detangler and shine booster. This helps plump up the hair with citrus oils like orange, lemon, and lime, leaving it citrusy fresh!

Detox for your Hair!

By Ginnie O’Brien, Certified Cosmetologist

Zen Hair and Scalp Detox Spa Therapy by Morrocco Method is a great way to gently detoxify your hair and scalp. It’s a mask for your hair that contains these all-natural ingredients:

• active, live healing clays
• volcanic ash
• plant proteins
• rare trace minerals
• cactus
• Blood of the Dragon (don’t worry, it’s a plant)
• Wild-crafted organic crystals
• herbs and spices

It’s a very gentle way to lift heavy metals and product build-up from the hair shaft along with detoxifying the scalp. After swimming in pools and basking in the summer sun, this is a great way for you to head into fall. By incorporating this luxurious treatment a few times a year into your hair care routine, you can maintain a healthy scalp and beautiful, healthy hair all year round!

For daily maintenance for your hair and scalp, Morrocco Method offers a nice selection of four shampoos along with a great conditioner. The shampoos are: Earth Essence (element earth), Sea Essence (element water), Apple Cider Vinegar (element fire), Pine Shale (element air). Alternate the use of each shampoo to get the perfect balance for your hair and scalp. Also, use the conditioner Chi (element ether) for beautiful shine and manageability.

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